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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Have you discovered the artist in you?

Inspiration and imagination abound all around us. What tales could you paint and sculpt? What arrangements of colour would excite you?

Every one of us has an idea to explore, a mistake that is the beginning of a masterpiece, a shape that needs texture and form, a moment captured forever.

Many of us have dabbled during lockdown and now that life is opening out again we at CABBI would like to invite you to our 37th ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION which will run from Tues 21st Dec 2021 – 6th Jan 2022. Hours are from 10 - 4pm, with Christmas Day closed.

Our exhibition will be held at: Batemans Bay High School on George Bass Drive, Batehaven, 2536, with entry a gold coin donation. There will be finger food, alcoholic beverages and fruit juice available, with wheelchair access and level ground. The exhibition will be COVID compliant.

For further information please email:

The Exhibition will be opened on Monday 20th December at 6pm with Guest Speaker, Ms Di Jay, Deputy Chair, River of Art. Ms Jay has been an active member and convenor of various art events, with a particular interest in community involvement with the support of councils and business chambers. Her personal journey has been varied, with interest ranging from the visual and performing arts to urban design and architecture. Di’s most recent venture into a different medium, silversmithing and jewellery design, has opened up more opportunities for her to explore.

CABBI is very fortunate in having Di to open our exhibition and we would like to thank her for her time and accepting our invitation to speak.

Judging any competition requires knowledge and appreciation of the entries -we are pleased to announce our judges this year being Ms Margaret Ainscow (Fine Art), and Ms Mirabel Fitzgerald (Sculpture and Artisan).

Mirabel runs her own studio, and has many years experience teaching and research at university and college level and exhibited internationally in China, Thailand and Paris, as well as local and interstate.

Mirabel is now specialising in lithography, etching and printing and has a keen interest and knowledge of conservation and the natural world, being active in various groups and societies around the local district.

Margaret also has her own studio, has been curator in various exhibitions, lectured with Tasmanian Institute of Technology, exhibited internationally in Poland, in West Australia and has artwork acquired by Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Margaret has been Chair on various Boards and Advisory Panels as well as invitational exhibitions in Western Australia, Japan, Victoria and Sydney and now enjoys creating sculptural works using found objects of fibre and fabric to make social commentary on our environment and it’s fading influence on our lives.

CABBI would like to thank Margaret and Mirabel for taking time out of their busy schedules to judge what will surely be a rather difficult job!

CABBI’s history began with Ken Taber and an enthusiastic band of artists in 1984, with a gallery in the Bay. After many changes we now run “The Gallery”, Sydney Road, Mogo, where we offer an opportunity for members to exhibit their works for sale, and select a Featured Artist every 2 months, as well as enjoying the out of doors with our En Plein Air group on Tuesdays and a social art group every Saturday. We are supportive of our new members and encourage all efforts no matter how inexperienced you are believing everyone brings something different to our society.

Our exhibitions showcase many different styles and abilities of our art and craftsmen and women including photography, artisan, fine arts, sculpture across all medium with our members being a varied group who are always interested in exploring new methods and experiences.

These exhibitions are a welcome chance to put our works into the public arena, gaining knowledge and experience along the way with our hardworking committee members having varied tasks with hanging, lighting, sponsorship and myriad other jobs that go into running such an interesting event.

We will be encouraging our visitors to vote for their favourite exhibit, the People’s Choice Award, voting cards will be available at the entrance from our friendly volunteers.

Enquiries always welcome. For further information please email:


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